Last month we took a trip to California to attend the Good Food Awards. The newest flavor in our product line "King B" brought home an award this year in the preserves category. We were extremely excited to find out that we had won our second Good Food Award, but what made this year extra special for us was being asked to speak at the award ceremony!!
Not only did John get to speak, but he also got to share the stage with a few of the most well known people in the food industry! We are proud to say we are one of three companies out of all eleven categories representing Ohio this year! A full list of winners here.
We made sure our trip was one to remember simply by enjoying every opportunity that came our way... some would call it "wingin' it". Most trips we've taken had specific itineraries planned before we left, so this was a nice change for us. Although we did see some of the touristy sights, we preferred getting recommendations from the locals. Some of the highlights of our trip (other than the Good Food Awards, of course!) were visiting Point Reyes National Seashore (and stopping by Cowgirl Creamery, how could we not?!!), Muir Woods National Park, exploring the wine country around Napa Valley, and meeting up with some old friends from culinary school.
Some of our most memorable eats were Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Sightglass Coffee at the Pier, Mission Beach Cafe (and yes, wait in the line, it's worth it!!), Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Coqueta on the Pier, Goose & Gander in St. Helena, and Vampire Penguin Shaved Snow in Sacramento. We also found a really great juice spot on our way to Point Reyes that we must mention. Juice on the Square in Santa Rosa was a real treat after gorging ourselves on food all week! We did not get to visit and taste at all the vineyards in wine country, but our favorites this trip were Merryvale Winery and Corison Winery in St. Helena.
We could have easily spent another week or five in California soaking up the good food and wine... but the jam was calling back in Ohio and we had to make sure we could still fit on the plane! We were tremendously inspired on our trip and made some great new friends. We now have a million more reasons to return to the bay!